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Member since: July 26, 2002
Last visit: July 01, 2004

jmevius has posted 9 links and 34 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

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Kobe Playing Mind Games?: - Kobe hoists one shot in the first half of a pivotal game against a hated rival after being accused of shooting too much in previous games. He finishes 3-13 for 8 points in a 102-85 loss to Sacramento. What's going on? Is this:

A. Kobe was shackled by the previously horrible King's defense.
B. Kobe was tired of hearing how he shot too much, so he decided to turn the tables on the anti-Kobe's.
C. Early free-agency value benchmark?
D. Wanted to prove that he (not Shaq, Karl, or Gary) is the Lakers biggest superstar.
E. If you don't like the way I play, I'll take my ball and go home whining.

Does this spell disaster for the Lakers, or are they destined to win regardless? Or were they going to lose anyway?

posted by jmevius to basketball at 10:30 AM on April 12, 2004 - 39 comments

Mavs set to sign Frenchman: -- but, should they not tinker with the good thing they've got going now?

More importantly, who should be traded? What sorts of teams are looking to make a move? What are your local newspapers talking about?

What does your team need to make a playoff push?

posted by jmevius to basketball at 11:47 AM on January 09, 2003 - 5 comments

Should TWolves trade Kevin Garnett?:

This writer thinks so. I'm not so sure. Their history of being knocked out in the first round has been well documented. They had draft picks revoked due to the Joe Smith fiasco. They can't seem to yield a continually healthy team. They have problems attracting top talent to Minnesota.

That said, if trading KG is the only way, what is the best deal? What team could come up with enough contract dollars to match his? What trade would make sense?

posted by jmevius to basketball at 04:00 PM on October 22, 2002 - 12 comments

McDyess goes down.: Antonio McDyess went down with a fractured kneecap Saturday night -- the same knee that he had surgery on last year. He came to New York to be the low-post presence the Knicks had been lacking since Patrick Ewing was good.

Are the Knicks cursed? Do they stand a chance of making the playoffs? Or is this just punishment for making the rest of the league watch boring 82-79 games where Kurt Thomas is treated like a Hall of Famer?

posted by jmevius to basketball at 09:34 AM on October 14, 2002 - 7 comments

John Stockton will be back this season.: But does anybody care? Are the Jazz relevant? They aren't fun to watch, so does that make them dead-weight to the NBA marketing machine?

Or am I just tired of hearing Bill Walton talk about how 'this is the way the game is supposed to be played'?

posted by jmevius to basketball at 02:40 PM on August 12, 2002 - 13 comments

Recent Comments

Kobe Playing Mind Games?

PF could definitely be Walker. It's harder to pick frontcourt, because if they hog the ball, it's only because someone else gave it to them.. But, give me AI at the point. When he first started in the league, the Sixers only play was: Inbounds/rebound pass to Iverson, get out of the way.

posted by jmevius at 04:28 PM on April 12, 2004

Kobe Playing Mind Games?

So, it's safe to say that there are others who are hoping for a violent Laker's implosion? Not just me?

posted by jmevius at 02:03 PM on April 12, 2004


Karl Malone. Everone say it with me. Karl Malone..

posted by jmevius at 09:05 AM on April 09, 2004

NBA All-Star reserves announced.

I remember Vince Carter doing a tour of China after his first big rehab stint. Do you think that extra vote popularity carries over on all of the "Yao Ming + whoever" ballots?

posted by jmevius at 03:27 PM on February 06, 2004

We've Taken Antoine Walker and Improved Him

The Mavericks hopefully have something else up their sleeve. Adding Antoine Walker to this team is not an improvement. The only way I can justify it if it was purely for salary cap reasons. In LaFrentz's defense, I think he would be a good fit as an Eastern conference center. He got a bad rep in Dallas as a hack, but I think that was just the end result of bad perimeter defenders. Opposing players would beat their man, he would get funneled to Raef, and Raef would commit the foul. Currently, the Mavs lineup looks something like this: PG: Nash / Best / Delk SG: Finley / Howard / Abdul-Wahed SF: Jameson / Najera PF: Nowitzki / Walker C: Fortson / Bradley The center spot was our weakest link, so why did Dallas just try to upgrade it's most dominant position? No clue. Hopefully, there is something else in the works.

posted by jmevius at 10:45 AM on October 20, 2003

Sportsmanship 101

Davis has made the win irrelevant. Frankly, it would have been a pretty big deal for Cleveland to beat Utah (or anyone), but all we're talking about is Davis.

A high-numbers player on a horrifically bad team doesn't mean much. He touts himself as the best dunker in the league, but Harold Minor used to be the best dunker in the league, and where is he now?

posted by jmevius at 11:22 AM on March 17, 2003

I'm just thrilled Mark Cuban didn't make a deal.

Does this make Milwaukee major contenders now? No. Seattle a contender? No.

posted by jmevius at 04:57 PM on February 20, 2003

Uh, about those playoff rules...we've changed them.

I agree with the sentiments that it seems odd to extend the first round in the middle of the season.

As a Mavs fan, I'm already scared of LA sneaking in as the 8th seed. I can't decide if this makes things better or worse for the Mavs. I never thought I would say this, but go Rockets/Jazz/Suns/Timberwolves!

posted by jmevius at 01:47 PM on February 10, 2003

How much of the punishment do you think was enacted because they couldn't do anything about the Hummer he received for his 18th birthday? Do you think this suspension was in part backlash for that event?

Also, LeBron's not fooling anyone with this jerseys for good grades crap. He said he posed for some pictures for the store. Did he see any photos of the unathletic kids in the band getting their free jerseys for having good grades? Terrible.

Also, I didn't see the interview, but if Deion let him make the statement about how he thought that the jerseys were a reward for good grades without following up, he should never be allowed to perform (or give) an interview again. Does anyone know of a transcript for the interview? I'd be curious.

posted by jmevius at 09:46 AM on February 06, 2003

As much as it hurts me to say it (Dallas-ite), Webber deserves it so far. Nash is the MVP of the Mavericks, in my opinion, though. Without him, their offense wouldn't stand a chance.

posted by jmevius at 09:28 AM on January 24, 2003

As a Dallas-ite, it's been amazing to watch how Cuban has turned the team around. Now that he's got a (relatively) set lineup, he is allowing them to grow together.

His willingness to let this group of players mature at their own pace is impressive. When he was tinkering early, the grumbling doubt in Dallas was that he'd never be satisfied. He seems to be relatively calm this year, which is a great sign.

You also must give him praise for surrounding his stars with capable role players. If LA was as willing as Cuban is to pay the luxury tax, how many championships do you think they would have if they were to surround Shaq and Kobe with a handful of decent players?

posted by jmevius at 09:05 AM on January 22, 2003

Raptors F Carter continues to lead East All-Star vote-getters.

Speaking to the popularity of Vince Carter, I was reminded that he did an exhibition tour in China this summer to packed gyms. He could be picking up all of the extras from the Yao Ming Chinese voting landslide.

It would be interesting if we could get a breakdown of voting by language of ballot.

posted by jmevius at 10:07 AM on January 14, 2003

Mavs set to sign Frenchman

I'm not too worried about them adding a role player, but I'd hate to see a big trade. I admit they need a big man, but who would help them at this point?

Theo Ratliff is probably available, but he's got health problems. Kelvin Cato might be out there as well, but he's pretty young/raw. The last thing they need is some locker-room distractions, so Charles Oakley is out. Any other ideas?

posted by jmevius at 01:13 PM on January 09, 2003

"We choked, just flat-out choked."

I fell asleep when the Mavs were up by 28 and woke up to hear ESPN commentators talking about one of the greatest comebacks ever. Talk about a nightmare.

posted by jmevius at 11:49 AM on January 09, 2003

Drinks with the Don:

I personally think the thing with Darko Milicic has been blown out of proportion. The Mavericks weren't there to scout him. The kid is already going to be one of the top three picks in the upcoming draft (I should say pick 2 or 3), so the Mavs don't really stand a chance of getting him, no matter what.

He's been playing professionally for a few years, hasn't he? Couldn't the Mavs brass just buy a seat in the bleachers like everyone else? Is that a violation?

I see why the rule is in place, but this seems like a silly enforcement of it.

posted by jmevius at 08:42 AM on October 29, 2002